Roger Revelle

1986 Balzan Prize for Oceanography/Climatology

For his important contributions to oceanography and climatology, in particular, for his fundamental research on the increasing content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its serious consequences for humanity.

Roger Revelle was born on March 7, 1909 in Seattle, Washington; he is a U.S. citizen;
Research Assistant to Professor of Oceanography (1931-1950) and Director (1950- 1964) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego;
Head of the Geophysics Branch, Office of Naval Research (1946-1948);
Dean of the School of Science and Engineering and Chief Campus Officer at the University of California, San Diego (1957-1961);
Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Washington, D.C. (1961-1963);
University Dean of Research at the University of California (1963-1964);
Member of the Education Commission of the Government of India (1964-1966);
Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Policy and Director of the Harvard Center for Population Studies, Harvard University (1964-1976);
Professor of Science and Public Policy at the University of California, San Diego;
Member of many academies and institutions such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society;
Honorary degrees from Pomona, Carleton, Colby, Williams and Dartmouth Colleges;
Bucknell, Utah State, Carnegie Mellon, Old Dominion and Harvard Universities and the Universities of Massachusetts and Miami;
The Revelle College of the University of California, San Diego is named after him.
Roger Revelle is the author of more than 300 publications: scientific works, papers, communications, conferences, etc.

Some of his most important recent reports and books are:
— R. Revelle and others. Report on Land and water development in the Indus Plain. Washington, DC. The White House, 1964;
— R. Revelle and others. California and the use of the Ocean: a Planning Study of Marine Resources. University of California, 1965;
— R. Revelle and Hans Landsberg (editors). American’s Changing Environment, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1970;
— R. Revelle. Rapid Population Growth: Consequences and Policy Implications. Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins Press, 1971;
— D. Glass and R. Revelle (editors). Population and Social Change. London, Edward Arnold, 1972;
— R. Revelle. The University and the State of Borno. Report of a visit to the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, 1983;
— R. Revelle. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in Ocean, Atmosphere and Biosphere and future climatic impact. In G.B. Marini Bettolo (editor): Chemical events in the atmosphere and their impact on the environment, pp. 405-428, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1986.

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